Titan Racing Launch All-New Drone Hardtail

A true race ready aluminium hardtail that ticks all the right boxes.

 

Aluminium hardtails still make up a large portion of mountain bike sales in South Africa and the world throughout. The majority of these bikes are pretty standard, but there’s a few brands that have really honed in on this market and created bikes that stand out above the rest. With Titan Racing’s new Drone Hardtail, they’ve managed to do just that and pack many features into this racey little hardtail whilst still maintaining a price point.

 

Updated Geometry


Bikes these days need to be rougher and tougher to handle the trails we tend to ride. The new Drone is somewhat slacker and further stretched than its’ predecessor making for a more balanced ride. It starts with all-new geometry. A slackened head angle to 69 degrees, increased reach and a transition to shorter stems and wider bars throughout the size curve. This results in the Drone offering more predictable steering and a centred rider position for better control. The Drone is a racing hardtail that benefits from the modern era of geometry where bikes feature both ample climbing and descending capabilities.

 

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The Frame


The new Drone frame looks completely different to its’ counterpart with its’ low sloping top tube offering riders a considerably low stand over height. The seat gusset was manufactured with the same design standards as Titan Racings’ full suspension Cypher, and the headtube resembles the same lines found on the rest of Titan Racing’s range of bikes. It’s obvious when looking at this bike that it fits into the rest of the family of bikes they have on offer and upon closer inspection the same attention to detail is evident. A few of the standout frame features on the all-new Drone include 12 speed – 1x specific gearing throughout the range, internal cable routing, boost axle spacing, and thru-axles front and rear. The frame is made from X6 ultra lightweight aluminium and it has been finished off with smooth welds. From a distance you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a carbon bike with the high gloss smooth finish they’ve achieved. Stealth dropper cable routing finishes off the frame feature list nicely and an increase in tyre clearance lets you take full advantage of wider-volume tyres, up to 2.35 inch on more challenging trails.

 

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The Build Kit


Available in four men’s options and one ladies variant, there’s a full house of nicely spec’d bikes to choose from at different price points. Starting with the Expert, a SRAM SX 1 x12 bike with a Manitou fork, the Comp, with the new Shimano SLX 1 x12 drivetrain, and then the Elite and the Pro, feature RockShox Sid forks with the new Shimano XT 1 x12 and the SRAM GX 1 x12 drivetrains respectively. The whole range features an in-house TRC cockpit with wider handlebars, shorter stems, lock-on grips and a Fizik saddle. The wheels are Sun Ringle Helix rims mated to Vittoria Barzo 2.25 Tubeless Ready tyres. With build kits like these it truly ticks all the boxes for a real race-ready hardtail.

 

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Drone Pro | RRP 24 999.00 | More info on this model

 

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Drone Elite | RRP 22 999.00 | More info on this model

 

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Drone Comp | RRP 19 999.00 | More info on this model

 

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Drone Expert | RRP 15 999.00 | More info on this model

 

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Drone Calypso Expert | RRP 15 999.00 | More info on this model

 

Geometry


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Back to Basics


The all-new Drone hardtail is the equivalent to a hot hatch pocket rocket. It offers riders all the frills of an up to date race bike in a condensed package that will get you round the track or down the next section of flowy single track with a grin. A hardtail should be simple and fun, and Titan Racing have delivered just that. It’s a hard wearing hassle free bike that can get you through many a race and even an Epic with little to no upgrades.

 

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Titan Racing is a brand focused on the consumer and they set out to offer customers more than just another bike. They strive to offer next level products at fair value money where they aim to improve their customers riding experience. Their designers look to create frames with forward thinking geometry, functional designs and stylish looks. They pair this with clever part choices to allow the best in category bikes for their customers. They call this the SMART Choice.

 

 

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29 Comments

ChrisF, Apr 02 2020 06:26

That Comp is NICE !!

DJuice, Apr 02 2020 06:48

Titan Racing is delivering awesome bikes at the moment.

I do like to Comp color scheme and groupset with the Elite`s Sid.

 

I know my LBS was getting the Elite but not sure it was delivered before the lockdown. 

wildwindfr, Apr 02 2020 07:54

Titan is on a roll. First their gravel bike, then commuter, dual and now a great hardtail.
Once this lockdown is over I may need to have serious look at one of these.

philip.maree, Apr 02 2020 10:45

They might just need a different photographer. The saddles always look in the wrong position in their photos.

 

But they are bringing out really nice looking stuff

babse, Apr 02 2020 10:53

impressive...

 

someone planning on pimping one out for Epic then claiming the standard version to be the best thing since sliced bread?  :ph34r:

danger dassie, Apr 02 2020 11:01

impressive...

 

someone planning on pimping one out for Epic then claiming the standard version to be the best thing since sliced bread?  :ph34r:

 

Looking at the Drone Elite, that's a bike that could do do the epic stock standard for sure.

Shebeen, Apr 02 2020 11:20

a lot of bang for buck there.

 

might just be the angle but bliksem that looks like a loong seatpost

DieselnDust, Apr 02 2020 11:37

That COMP deserves a SID!! love that colourway!

great job Titan Racing. Your products are becoming lustworthy

YaseenEnos, Apr 02 2020 11:38

Been liking what Titan is offering across their range

 

Flame suit on

 

But why is the Pro spec'ed with a worse drivetrain than the Elite 

 

"and then the Elite and the Pro, feature RockShox Sid forks with the new Shimano XT 1 x12 and the SRAM GX 1 x12 drivetrains respectively..."

 

 

Would like to see a comparison review between the Titan Drone and Momsen AL529 MY20. 

On paper and looks i think Titan has it.

nonky, Apr 02 2020 11:48

it's sad that "its" is repeatedly spelled as "its'".

 

its
determiner
 
UK 
 
 /ɪts/ US 
 
 /ɪts/
 
A1
belonging to or relating to something that has already been mentioned:
The dog hurt its paw.
Their house has its own swimming pool.
prefer the second option - its advantages are simplicity and cheapness

Pedant of the day, thanks.

Jehosefat, Apr 02 2020 12:21

it's sad that "its" is repeatedly spelled as "its'".

 

its
determiner
 
UK 
 
 /ɪts/ US 
 
 /ɪts/
 
A1
belonging to or relating to something that has already been mentioned:
The dog hurt its paw.
Their house has its own swimming pool.
prefer the second option - its advantages are simplicity and cheapness

Pedant of the day, thanks.

 

It's sad that you didn't start your first sentence with a capital letter.

Vroetelvarkie, Apr 02 2020 01:09

1x12 XT Groupset (Mainly) with a RS Sid fork for about R21k is not a bad deal at all...

ChrisF, Apr 02 2020 01:32

1x12 XT Groupset (Mainly) with a RS Sid fork for about R21k is not a bad deal at all...

 

and the SLX is very good value for money for those on a tighter budget ....

 

 

 

would just avoid the Expert ....  SX :thumbdown:

Shebeen, Apr 02 2020 02:14

It's sad that you didn't start your first sentence with a capital letter.

English is a weird language full of exceptions. It's = it is and nothing to do with posession.

 

so Nonky was right here, but nitpicking. I'm ok with bikepeople having less than exceptional grammar skills as long as they do the maths right

Jehosefat, Apr 02 2020 02:22

English is a weird language full of exceptions. It's = it is and nothing to do with posession.

 

so Nonky was right here, but nitpicking. I'm ok with bikepeople having less than exceptional grammar skills as long as they do the maths right

 

I know he's right, I was just pointing out the irony in making an error while pointing out another error...

Beefy, Apr 02 2020 03:20

Why are okes fist bumping? Haven't they heard of the elbow?

Super Sywurm, Apr 02 2020 06:14

Are these bikes on the heavy side? I am considering the Comp.

ChrisF, Apr 02 2020 06:25

Are these bikes on the heavy side? I am considering the Comp.

 

https://www.titanrac...uct/drone-comp/

 

dont see the weight on the spec sheet ....  :wacko:

 

 

One would expect it to be in the same ball park as other alu HT bikes ....

Super Sywurm, Apr 02 2020 06:26

https://www.titanrac...uct/drone-comp/

dont see the weight on the spec sheet .... :wacko:


One would expect it to be in the same ball park as other alu HT bikes ....

I assume 13-14kg? I need a large frame.

Super Sywurm, Apr 02 2020 09:24

How good are those Manitou forks?

Zorro5614, Apr 02 2020 10:02

I assume 13-14kg? I need a large frame.


Hopefully closer to 12kg

Zorro5614, Apr 02 2020 10:03

How good are those Manitou forks?


Yes the SLX drivetrain is fine, but the fork?

Kai Baird, Apr 03 2020 12:10

Any idea on what the weight of the pro is?

Super Sywurm, Apr 03 2020 06:28

Yes the SLX drivetrain is fine, but the fork?


My only problem with the Comp, is the Fork. I just don't know them.

Ruben Hechter, Apr 03 2020 09:38

The Manitou Markhor is a great fork. I have it on my Merida Hardtail and i am very happy with it.